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Car Trouble

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I think I’ve probably been banging on enough about driving in France. “Enough!”, I hear you wail. So, I’ll spare you the gory details. But let me just say this, before I press on with the interesting stuff. Nothing compares to navigating a car around Nice. Not only are the narrow roads packed, and traffic jams rife, the locals just park anywhere. Two, even three cars deep, on the median strip, underneath traffic light posts in the middle of intersections, anywhere they fancy. Scary when you first encounter the city, but after almost three weeks, more than slightly amusing. The whole thumbing of noses at authority was strangely refreshing. In fact, when it comes to road rules in Nice, it’s all very ‘laissez faire’. Coming from an area where parking inspectors arrive in mini-buses in the morning to slap fines on any vehicle remaining a few seconds too long in a space, we rather enjoyed this casual approach. Road works, omnipresent in France, also seem to be undertaken in Nice with this laid-back attitude. Lots of men standing around a small hole in the role chatting – obviously this requires the whole road to be blocked off, only increasing traffic-flow issues. But no one really seems to mind, and road rage is basically non-existent which, in the midst of all that craziness, is really rather nice and very sensible, too. Now, that’s it for my diatribes on French driving. Promise. And I think I ended it on quite a positive note really. Although having said that, the next time we go to Nice, we’ll most certainly be leaving the car behind…

Posted by millie t 06:16 Archived in France

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